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How to get your financial house in order before you die - The Washington Post, September 4, 2018

  Columnist, Michelle Singletary shares the lessons she learned after her mother died from injuries sustained in a house fire. When you’ve helped with as many funerals as I have, you understand how important it is for folks to organize their financial paperwork before it’s too late. Maybe my story will help motivate you to gather your important documents t… Read More
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Helping Women Over 50 Face Their Financial Fears - The New York Times, September 3, 2017

Ronni Ginott was at a New Year’s Day party in 2003 when her husband, David, had a heart attack and died on the spot, at 58. In an instant, Ms. Ginott, then 55, became not only a single mother of two daughters, but also the owner of E.M. Winston Company, her husband’s musical-instrument rental company. She knew nothing about the business, and her husband had no successi… Read More
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Cathy’s Recent Appearance on the Law School for the Public television program.

Learn the basics of how assets are distributed after death, including a discussion of Wills, Trusts, and the probate process in Montgomery County, Maryland from Cathy’s recent appearance on public television.  By watching this short program, you will see Cathy’s unique ability to explain and discuss these topics.  Click here to view the program. Read More
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Single? No Children? No Will? Big Mistake - The New York Times, Sunday, March 12, 2017

Don't leave it to lawyers and the courts to divvy up your belongings after you're gone. Read More
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Testamentary Intent

In order to make a will, a person must intend to make a will. A person must have what is known as testamentary intent. The adjective ‘testamentary’ means related to a will, and is a derivative of the word ‘testament’–the Latin word for will. The Latin phrase for testamentary intent is animus testandi, “the intention to make a testament.&… Read More
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Categories: Wills

Lapse and Mistake

One of the main purposes for making and leaving a will is to guide the administration of the estate of the testator–the person who made the will. A will should be written in language that is clear and indisputable. Alas, the language in a will may be unclear or vague. This article discusses the will interpretation and construction issues of lapse and mistake. Lapse I… Read More
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A Gift Gone Missing?

The probate system can help disappointed heirs clarify asset distribution. Like physicians, trusts and estates attorneys often are asked for free advice during social occasions. I was approached recently at a party by a white collar defense lawyer. My friend was disturbed: A beloved maiden aunt had passed away, and now my friend had heard that she was not going to get the… Read More
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Categories: Probate, Wills